What is the prognosis of choledochal cysts?

Updated: Jul 01, 2020
  • Author: Emily Tommolino, MD; Chief Editor: BS Anand, MD  more...
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The prognosis after excision of a choledochal cyst is usually excellent, but it is influenced by several factors, including patient's age, cyst type, histologic features, and site. [20] Moreover, patients need lifelong follow-up because of the increased risk of cholangiocarcinoma and gallbladder carcinoma, even after complete excision of the cyst. [21] In adults, there appears to be a 6-30% risk of malignancy associated with choledochal cyst. [20]


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